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|Sixth Circuit: Shareholder-Physician is Employee Under ERISA; State Claims Under Disability Plan Are Preempted|
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, via FindLaw
Dec. 31, 2001
Santino v. Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company, No. 99-70301 (6th Cir. Dec. 20, 2001). Excerpt: [W]e hold that a joint shareholder is not precluded from being a 'participant' of an 'employee welfare benefit plan' under ERISA. Because Santino has standing to sue under ERISA as a 'participant' in an 'employee benefit plan,' his state claims are preempted.
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